Describing Work Experience
One of the most important issues of your case that disability lawyers in Atlanta will explain is your previous work. In order to qualify as “past relevant work,” the job that you had must have been completed within the last 15 years must be considered “substantial gainful activity” and endured for a long enough period of time to allow you to learn the job.
General Questions Prior to your hearing, disability lawyers in Atlanta may explain that you need to provide basic details about each job to the administrative law judge. For example, be prepared to provide basic contact information for the job, your job title, the dates you worked, your reason for leaving the job and how much you earned at the job. Specifically, disability lawyers in Atlanta will want you to provide testimony regarding whether your physical or mental impairment affected your performance on the job or caused you to miss work.
Exertional Questions In addition to basic information, disability lawyers in Atlanta will also ask you about several questions about the level of exertion that your previous jobs required. In particular, disability lawyers in Atlanta may ask you:
- What was the heaviest weight that you lifted or carried?
- How frequently did you have to lift or carry that amount of weight?
- What was the distance that you traveled with these objects?
- What was the average weight you lifted or carried?
- How much time did you spend sitting, standing and walking during a regular work day?
- How much bending was required on the job?
- Did you have to crawl, climb or balance on the job?
Environmental Factors Disability lawyers in Atlanta might also ask you if there were environmental limitations involved in the job. For example, disability lawyers in Atlanta may ask if you had issues with the temperature, humidity, hazards or odors that were involved in each job.
Social Security disability attorneys in Atlanta may be able to assist you with your case and may help you prepare for your testimony. One of our disability attorneys in Atlanta from the Law Office of Louis B. Lusk is available to help. Call us today at 404-250-7000.